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forecast. >> good morning. >> a little reminder to pay it forward. >> a little, a lot. california, stormy, you know, this big winter storm, it's also kicked up the waves. and of course in california, that means throw on the wet suit and do some surfing. these very impressive waves, orange county, california, this is the huntington beach area. if you're an expert surfer, this was the day for you, right before the big storm arrives. the big waves get there first. we'll probably be watching that high surf for another couple days, of course, obviously it's a little dangerous for the average folk. today the rain if you're traveling out here through california, it's going to be widespread, inches of rain, the possibility of flooding. san francisco is just getting drenched this morning all the way up through sacramento. and further to the north, it continues all the way up the coastline. it's lighter up around eugene and portland here, just got a few showers, but it's going to be on and off really all day long and for that matter all weekend long. this is going to be a four or five-day event. be
select artificial trees. ♪ ♪ >>> head lives making news on the west coast in california the oakland tribune has a front page article titled "shock at exit of cia's leader." it's one of many paperers that put the resignation of general petraeus on their front pages. the seattle times "governor elect jay inches lee let's get to work." and the press telegram in long beach, california has the story "you're fired" with an article on the lakers dismissal of second year coach mike brown. in this week's office politics, the "washington post's" pulitzer prize winning column eugene robinson. we talked about the election night speeches and how president can better reach across the aisle in his second term. i talked to him about his election takeaway. >> the big takeaway from me, this is the america of today. the voters who really turned out and turned out enthusiastically, the electorate was a different electorate from that which the republicans expected. it was the electorate of the new america. more minorities, especially more latinos. women came out. we knew women would come out in large nu
. >>> california's debt has put the golden state at the bottom of the annual 50 state financial health check. and for the first time, it was north dakota that tops the list. that's thanks to an oil and gas boom that wiped out its budget deficit and brought unemployment to the lowest in the nation. >>> coming up, a basketball round up. and remembering the man who transformed baseball. plus new york city's iconic empire state building shows off some new high tech lighting. ♪ if it wasn't for you ♪ don't know what i'd do ♪ i'd have nothing to prove ♪ i'd have nothing to lose ♪ i'd be all lost at sea ♪ with no reason to make it through ♪ [ male announcer ] introducing the celebration diamond collection. ♪ if it wasn't for you [ male announcer ] diamonds so expertly cut, we guarantee them for life. zales is the diamond store. let love shine. . >>> just a tragedy in new york last night as a commuter bus plow the into a long island home and killed a 6-year-old boy inside. the bus had swerved to avoid a pedestrian when it lost control. at least nine bus passengers were treated for in
-women, anti-voting laws first began? well, voters shut that down too. california and illinois now have democratic super-majorities in both chambers. democrats flipped both chambers in maine. republicans lost their super majorities in arizona, and democrats claimed new majorities and statehouses in colorado, minnesota and new hampshire. americans stood up for progress, and that's what elections are all about. >> that's why we do this. that's what politics can be. that's why elections matter. it's not small, it's big. >> this election was big. it signaled that the reagan view of government and politics is fading into the past. we are more diverse, hopeful nation, and viewers voted that way on tuesday. >>> joining me now is richard wolffe, vice president and executive editor of msnbc.com, and alicia menendez, host and producer of huff post live. thank you both for being here. >> let any go to you, do you agree that republicans' loss tuesday went way beyond? >> yes, they lost on the positioning, the branding of the party f and, you know, you can look at it state by state, look at it issue
california with highs in the 80s. late yesterday i talked about the potential for another coastal storm in the mid-atlantic next week. i'll give everyone an update. >>> well, the rockefeller center christmas tree stands up to sandy, and almost 3 million cars recalled for steering problems. is yours one of them? >>> plus, guess who's going to get the lion's share of the blame if the country goes off the fiscal cliff. here's a hint for you. it isn't president obama. you're watching "first look" on msnbc. ♪ if it wasn't for you ♪ don't know what i'd do ♪ i'd have nothing to prove ♪ i'd have nothing to lose ♪ i'd be all lost at sea ♪ with no reason to make it through ♪ [ male announcer ] introducing the celebration diamond collection. ♪ if it wasn't for you [ male announcer ] diamonds so expertly cut, we guarantee them for life. zales is the diamond store. let love shine. introducing the new droid razr maxx hd by motorola. now more than ever droid does. >>> welcome back. some stories making news this morning. a new pew research center poll finds that republicans in congress
. >> well, why can't you -- >> because i have the right as a senator to have no comment. >> in california dr. b achera h been declared winning defeating dan lungren. >>> in florida alan west is still hanging on in his undecided race. >>> ron barber who filled the seat of gabby giffords is waiting for the state to tally more than 100,000 uncounted ballots to see if he returns to the house. >>> a tweet sent yesterday from the white house twitter account is a picture of president obama meeting with the u.s. women's gymnastics team in the oval office. pretty cool. >>> and last night nbc's "parks and recreation" featured vice president joe biden playing himself. we have a look behind the scenes as the vice president compares his job to situation comedy. >> now, i just want you to know i got to make two major speeches, meet a couple thousand people but it will be a hell of a lot easier than this for me. so thanks a lot. >> that's your morning dish of scrambled politics. >>> let's take a check at wall street on this friday morning. the dow closed at 12,542 after losing 28 points yesterday. the s&p
from california, former undersecretary of state for arms control and international security, and david winston, republican strategist. welcome, david and ellen, it seems from all accounts, that it's very, very unlikely that the house is going to change hands, the senate is still in play. but there are a lot of interesting races out there. david, first of all, right now mitt romney around virginia with george alan at his side, a close race with tim kaine, two former governors running against each other and george alan running for his former senate seat. we're hearing it is tim kaine marginally ahead but close to 50/50 race. >> this is a close race. this fizz republicans are going to pick up majority one of the key states where the opportunity lies having said that, when you've soon a lot of the survey, surveys seem to have it even or slight edge to governor kaine. one of the problems that we're all trying to work through here is, so what is this electorate going to look like? in virginia an interesting mix of different types of voters and in terms of independents, african-americans that
to move to la jolla, california, to spend more time with his car, presumably. but in his short time as leader of the republican party, when he was their presidential nominee, he made leadership decisions about the party. about what the party's like. about what the party looks like to the rest of the country. he made leadership decisions particularly in terms of who he would dignify with his embrace. who among everybody in the republican party, he, mitt romney, leader of the party, would privilege. who he would elevate. he elevated guys like chris cobach. the republican guy who wrote arizona's papers please immigration law. he was mitt romney's immigration adviser. he made and then kept as his national campaign chairman a man named john sununu who called president obama lazy and not very bright and said president obama needs to, quote, learn how to be an american. mitt romney's national campaign chairman. mr. romney also elevated and dignified by his presence, i'm sorry to have to say the name, but this guy, donald trump. mitt romney as the leader of the republican party as their pre
california just reelected herself the other night, a veteran of the intelligence committee said she wished that president obama had not accepted petraeus' resignation, that he didn't need to leave office for an indiscretion of that kind. the president didn't immediately accept it, but ultimately he gave in to the logic that petraeus himself was emphasizing, which is it simply wasn't tenable for him to stay in the job having done what he did. and i think everybody is disappointed because petraeus's talents are recognized by people in both parties and have been for years. but he is -- he is paying a very, very stiff price for the mistake that he made. and the white house is simply going to have to roll with that. >> and there are a lot of folks, john harwood, this afternoon, especially out there on twitter and the blogosphere who are raising questions about all of this happening so close to the time he was set to testify next week, that closed door meeting on the hill regarding benghazi. >> everything we know about this so far is that is simply the speculation. and with the touch of paranoia
is california's proposition 8. this was the ballot proposition passed, overturned two years ago. what it says is that even though a california court said that marriage was legal in that state, it banned gay mrarnlg in california. now if the court grants that case, then it might -- might -- get to the fundamental issue whether states can, in fact, ban same-sex marriage. my predictions, chris. it's a virtual certainty the court will take the doma case. courts have overturned an act of congress. it's much less certain they'll take the prop 8 case and we'll only find out today which cases they're going to take because if they're not going to take any cases we won't hear about that until monday. all we get are the grants. no guarantee today but the justices are meeting in a closed door conference. these cases are on the agenda. so we may find out as early as today, chris. >> nbc's justice correspondent pete williams. for the record i would watch a show called pete's predictions. thank you, pete. >> reporter: you'd be the one. >>> next, we'll head to the hill to talk to members from both sides abou
carrying power repair trucks from california. in virginia, the uss san antonio was loaded up with relief supplies and sent off to new york and new jersey. the city of hoboken is finally getting back on its feet after flooding stranded 20,000 people. governor chris christie says the power situation has drastically improved. >> remember, at the height of the storm we were at 2.7 million. a million more customers have been restored. >> in connecticut, garbage is piling up all along the streets as flooded basements are being cleaned out. let's go back to new york. washed out subways are starting to come back, and there are huge lines on buses as the city deals with a gridlock nightmare. work could begin today on removing that massive crane that's been dangling high above a midtown manhattan street. and a lot of people are questioning the decision to go ahead with the new york city marathon on sunday. to lower manhattan where power may not come back until the weekend. our reporter from wnbc found an incredible sight near a supermarket. >> look how desperate it has gotten here in this neighbor
. >>> a california judge refused to issue a preliminary injunction to stop dish network's digital video recorder. airlines could be stuffed like turkeys this thanksgiving as an airline trade group estimates travel will be on the rise with ought most 24 million travelers flying from friday, november 16 through tuesday, the 27th. >>> legal marijuana which voters in washington and colorado approved could become big business generating millions in tax dollars. colorado's governor joked it's too early to break out those cheetos and goldfish. hang on. the federal government may sue to stop it. >>> dc entertainment is going to sell all its comics including so superman and batman. the comics digital version also be available the same day they go available in comic stores. >>> jetblue says congratulations team elephant. they did this for possibly winning a free trip out of the country for incorrectly predicting mitt romney would become president. >>> a man elected a month after he dies. plus a public humiliation punishment. >>> we'll tell you why this peewee football player has become such a big internet
executed a string of bank robberies in california and washington armed with an assault rifle. a $20,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest. >>> and finally, a female air force pilot is breaking more than the sound barrier with her latest accomplishment. this is pretty cool. caroline jensen became the first female reservist to join the famed thunderbirds. she's been flying for over 17 years. she hopes to inspire the next generation of air force airmen. >>> to sports now. nfl thursday night football, indy, jacksonville. andrew luck scored two touchdowns on the ground against the jaguars. the indy defense came up big in a 27-10 win. >>> to college football, number ten florida state made a dramatic fourth quarter comeback scoring on a touchdown pass. the seminoles won a swequeaker 28-22. >>> now let's get another check on your weather. bill karins has your weekend weather forecast. right now it looks miserable. >> i'm looking forward to a normal weather week. after sandy and the nor'easter. we can have a quiet period through areas of the northeast. that would
cost as much as $500,000 each. >>> to a breaking story in southern california. the fbi says a terror plot two years in the making has been thwarted. four men are training to join al qaeda and the taliban. their objective to kill, kidnap, name injure americans in afghanistan. we talked of blowing up a military base with a truck bomb. authorities say suspects spent time at shooting basing and spent time studying anwar al maliki. >>> following the deadly consulate attack in benghazi, top intelligence officials tell nbc news they knew it was a terrorist attack from the start. but that it is could also have been spontaneous. and they say it was the intelligence community not the white house that wrote the talking points delivered by ambassador susan rice. 97 house republicans have signed a letter to the president opposing rice's potential nomination as secretary of state. >>> now to a check of your weather we turn to nbc meteorologist bill karins with the weather forecast. something important coming up later this week. >> easy one, too. the northwest has been getting hard. good morning, e
at home and around the world. joining me now, though, is democratic congresswoman karen bass of california, a member of the house foreign affairs committee. she is among the democrats including president obama who have been defending ambassador rice. congresswoman, it's great to have you here. you are among a dozen democratic female members of the house who held a news conference last friday saying the criticism of ambassador rice smacks of sexism and racism. this letter that has come out now with 97 seconds on it of house members does include female elected leaders. it also does include minority elected leaders. why do you feel that it smacks of sexism and/or racism? >> first of all, thomas, let me begin by offering my condolences to the families, because they're going through their first holiday season without their family members and yet their family members are being used as a political football and i am very saddened by that. i have to tell you that, you know, we have many house democrats who are signing a letter, within 4 hours close to 60 democrats who signed a letter in support of
nearly 3.5 million people have cast their election lot. texas is second, california ranking third, trailing texas by just about 15,000 close votes. >> the fate of human dignity in our hands. blood's been spilt to afford us this moment. now, now, now! >> daniel day lewis from the upcoming movie "lincoln" portraying arguably the most popular and influential president ever. the latest cinematic blockbuster of steven spielberg. we take note steven spielberg and wife kate cap shaw have donated almost $1.3 million. bill maher and morgan freeman both giving about $1 million to that same obama superpac. as far as congressional contributions, california democrat howard berman has received almost $425,000 either directly or through a super pac. when we last saw berman he was taking part in the debate. that is a congressman on the left. things got a little bit nasty there by the way. polls are showing berman losing his battle to remain in congress. those are your number once. live from democracy plaza here on weekends with alex witt. and if you stumble, you get back up. up isn't easy, and we
me take you into it. this morning, by far the worst weather all through california. i just read something that at some of the highest elevations in the mountains in california could get up to 100 inches of snow. 100 inches of snow over the next three to four days. crazy. it's raining hard this morning in san francisco to sacramento. san francisco, it's going to be a rainy three days. another big storm coming in saturday afternoon, saturday night. it's going to rain through sunday. you get a break monday, then another storm on tuesday. we have a lot of flooding concerns in the rivers in california in the days ahead. let me take you through the forecast as we go at it. this huge storm in the west, it's not going to move across the country. it's just going to stall out. if you're anywhere from denver to the east coast, don't expect a lot of wet weather this weekend. it should mostly be dry. and notice the temperatures. they're warming up in the middle of the country, and that will head east as we go throughout the weekend. so your friday forecast, really no airport concerns out the
of the northeast, it's now a recovery mission. and yesterday california military planes were loaded with utility vehicles ready to be shipped into new york. an army of some 50,000 utility workers from across the country, even canada, being deployed to the region to help in the massive project to restore power which will take weeks. three navy warships are anchored off the northeast coast to help with the relief effort. in new jersey, military trucks are being deployed to operate as polling places on election day in the hardest-hit communities still remain without power. now, the good news does trickle out slowly. today amtrak will begin offering limited service between new york city and boston. and new jersey transit will also start moving today with limited service. the new york subway system continues to make advances. the "m" train linking queens to manhattan just started running, but there are still no trains running below 34th street where half of manhattan remains in the dark. so the millions of new yorkers who depend on subways, they're now waiting in those long lines for buses. for those
. >> it renders you speechless. thank you very much. >>> west coast headlines are next with california's riskiest step yet to find global warming. plus for many the president's health care plan, are states ready and when might you feel the effects? i'll speak to joe sestak after this break. ♪ [ male announcer ] the way it moves. the way it cleans. everything about the oral-b power brush is simply revolutionary. oral-b power brushes oscillate, rotate and even pulsate to gently loosen and break up that sticky plaque with more brush movements than manual brushes and even up to 50% more than leading sonic technology brushes for a superior clean. oral-b power brushes. go to oralb.com for the latest offers. >>> some headlines making news out on the west coast. in arizona, the dispatch has the front page story obama captures florida, about how the president won the state's electoral votes. t and cap and trade comes to state. and the daily news has a story on how wedding plans are blossoming after the passage of a referendum that made same-sex marriage legal. today is veterans day and the president lai
've seen this before. in 2000, karl rove said, george w. bush was going to win california. they spent millions and millions of dollars on advertising there. they sent bush out there, precious time, near the end of the campaign. i said, tad devine, carter, those of us involved in that campaign, so we're not spending one dime in california, and gore won the state by 1.3 million votes. the wish can't become father to the reality, which is what's going on here. >> like a team trying to talk their way to a championship instead of playing the game, so to speak. shouldn't romney have florida wrapped up? >> he should. he has a lot of -- there, he has structural advantages because he's got the governor and virtually all the statewide officials. but i think the medicare, and the republicans like to say, oh, we've countered it with this lie about a $716 billion cut under obama care, when in fact there is no such cut. there's no cut in benefits. i think that seniors have figured out two things. one, romney wants to replace medicare with voucher care. they don't like it. but isn't it the latino an
ceo of ebay, meg whitman, in california spent $125 million of her own fortune and it didn't work. she lost the governorship to jerry brown who obviously spent a lot less. because you're spending this money doesn't mean that you're persuading voters to your point of view. >> to your point, we have an ad which is from americans for prosperity which imagines a future world in which china dominates the united states. it's a pretty ugly ad. >> yes. >> but it's also dumb. if you look at the front page of the "new york times" today, there's a story that says all the highly skilled people in china are actually leaving to go elsewhere. so it seems like a dumb ad in the likes of that analysis. >> plus, to offend your largest creditor, which clearly it's offensive as well and borderline racist -- >> zen o phobia never hurt some of these organizations. >> there's no reason to offend your largest creditor. we need to work with the chinese, we need to work with the japanese, we need to work with all the people who are financing our massive debt and not offend them in any way. >> many of our viewers
, california, democratic senator barbara boxer. senator, it is so good for you to join us this evening. thank you. >> i'm delighted. just delighted. >> senator boxer, talk to me a bit about what we saw happen in 2008 on the one hand sort of women showing up in an amazing way as secretary of state clinton has said, putting all of those cracks in the glass ceiling and then rolling back right there in congress by 2010. what do we do to get our voices back? >> well, i believe we're going to have our voices back on election day. i really believe that the women are going to break for barack obama. and, you know, it isn't like these issues are hard to follow. we look at the republican platform and what does it say? it says that no abortion, no abortion, you're a criminal if you get an abortion, even in cases of rape and insiscest. the reason i po cuss on rape is how outrageous it is, melissa. it is a crime. it's such a vicious crime in half the states there no limitation. if there's dna found 10, 20 later, you go after the perpetrator. i think women get it. mitt romney didn't lift a finger to change
years of debilitating gridlock. joining us from oakland is democratic senator from california barbara boxer. senator boxer, pleasure to have you on the show. >> nice to be on your show. >> senator, you know, we've talked about the makeup of the next senate and some early prognosticators are saying, the actual power shift in terms of seats held won't change that much, but you may end up seeing a more liberal democratic caucus in the upper chamber just by virtue of who the folks coming in are and believe. i call -- the race between joe donnelly and richard mourdock, mourdock was supposed to have this butnd up. the seat may go to donnelly. chris murphy replacing joe lieberman and tammy baldwin may replace herb in wisconsin. what does that mean in terms of the caucus and animating policies of the democratic caucus and the upper chamber? >> i think this focus on liberal and conservative misses the entire point. the question is, are we going to come together, meet each other half way and make sure this economic recovery continues? these are the big issues facing us in this election and the
in magnolia park area of california, boost sales to stay open late. support local retailers november 24th for the third annual small business saturday. so anyway, i've been to a lot of places. you know, i've helped alot of people save a lot of money. but today...( sfx: loud noise of metal object hitting the ground) things have been a little strange. (sfx: sound of piano smashing) roadrunner: meep meep. meep meep? (sfx: loud thud sound) awhat strange place. geico®. fifteen minutes could save you fifteen percent or more on car insurance. >>> your twin brother is now a member of congress. what -- it's not a popular body. what advice to do you have for him now that he's headed to washington, d.c.? >> the first thing i told him was that he could have it. >> san antonio mayor and dnc keynote speaker, happy it's his twin brother taking a trip to capitol hill walking into a divided house of representatives. congressman-elect what keen castro joins me now. you didn't take your brother's advice. you're not avoiding washington. >> no. >> and as a new freshman congressman, coming to a place that has
california, mayor, you know, i thought this race -- i'm going to say -- it was like the west greenwich village got the vote for figure. same-sex marriage, marijuana, raise taxes to pay for education. this is the most liberal electorate i have seen out there since lbj's day. your thoughts quickly on what happened tuesday. >> well, i think that what happened tuesday is the republican party literally gave it away. they have within obviously succumbing to whatever was required from the tea party for so long that they have gotten out of step with who the people are, what the people care about, and why the people would be motivated to vote. they didn't do a job of selling the republican party with anything anybody could support. >> okay. what's the suppression thing? we all know usually historically suppression means usually directed at the minority vote. we will make it difficult for you to vote. we will -- what do we call it? i can't remember the old terms. you had to pay to vote. >> pay to vote. >> poll tax. and what they call literacy test, some question in greek. some incredibly complic
christian in california. she at least had the savvy to know not to get herself involved in something like that. these are all questions that will come up. >> i want to ask you about glen hubbard, closest topic, economic adviser to mitt romney, "financial times" suggesting a new approach, being more -- much closer to what the president has been proposing. what are you seeing in your private talks with democrats and republicans? there seems to be a lot of give. >> i'm not part of any gang but i'm talking to multiple players and have been since election day and before and have crafted a bill that i hope can be useful in helping us come to a close here. first of all, i think that, you know, friday's meeting, all of us are going to be watching to see whether it's a photo op or whether this is something where these guys are really going to engage. let's face it, the two most important people in this right now are the president and speaker boehner. i mean they are the most important players as to whether we get a result. secondly, i've said from day one, i've been saying it for two years, the mo
. it's moving onshore. heavy rain at that, through california. and actually a series of storms will bring days and days of rain with several inches of rain each day possible through the west coast. but look at the eastern half of the country, from the plains, all the way down into the southeast, up to the northeast, we are looking for a good deal of sunshine. but a closer look at some of the rain across san francisco, moving up into northern california. we will see pockets of heavy rain, and also some mountain snow. we could see several inches of mountain snow out that way through the course of the weekend, and into early next week. but across the east coast, we are going to see a lot of sunshine, temperatures topping out in the lower 50s, and then for your sunday forecast, basically a carbon copy of today, still pretty nice across the eastern half of the country, and still dealing with more heavy rains out west. alex? >> okay, dylan dreyer, many thanks for that. >>> beating the deadline. new confidence in washington about reaching a deal to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff. al
of southern california. one of them is in critical condition. the shooting reportedly happened at a halloween party and authorities have two people in custody. >>> "washington post" reports that the obama administration has been in talks to build a new syrian opposition leadership to stop the violence from spreading across the middle east. the plan is also intended to prevent radical islamic fighters from taking control of the opposition group. >>> in south carolina, income tax returns were targeted in the largest cyber attack against the state tax department in american history. more than three million social security numbers were compromised along with more than a million businesses and personal credit and debit cards. >>> the new world series of poker champion is a 24-year-old recovering drug addict and college dropout. greg mercen is from maryland. he won almost 399 hands of texas hold em collecting more than $8.5 million and that piece of bling, a gold championship bracelet worth about $150,000. must be nice. >>> now here's a look at how wall street begins this thursday. the dow closed a
and california and some of the other blue states. that's part of why the national polls might not be that great an indicator. >> these national states haven't seen the advertising, haven't seen the campaigning, haven't seen the targeted messaging. that's where the president's team has built the operation that they think will allow them to go from tied nationally to a little bit of an advantage. >> it depends which poll you look at. most of them show mitt romney has a lead among independents. if you're the romney campaign is that your reason for optimism tonight and tomorrow? >> three reasons to be optimistic. one is in a lot of polls, they're doing betting with independents. in a state like ohio, the candidate who wins independents usually wins. david axelrod such as much on the show last week. an incumbent below 50% at 47%, 48%, you have to think you might lose. and third is, ever reporter who's been out in the last week with the candidates has seen there's a lot of enthusiasm on the republican side. i'm not saying there's not enthusiasm for the president. there is. it's not at the level of 20
to the university of california berkeley before competing in the 2016 summer olympics. >>> and in oklahoma, talk about an amazing story. a 9-year-old little boy who loves sports named jason smith jr. has muscular dystrophy. he is confined to a wheelchair. that's not going to stop him. his twin brother plays football and last week his father who coaches the team put jason into the game and a teammate pushed him all the way to the end zone for a touchdown. >> it was very surprising. >> just to get him and see that big smile on his face like that, you know, just -- that was a great feeling for me. >> great feeling for jason, i bet, as well. a moment he probably will not forget. >>> all right, now let's get a check of your weather with bill karins. >> that was the best quick sound bite ever. >> it was very surprising. >> yes! >> cute. good morning, everyone. let's take you to the forecast and looking ahead to next week. it's a cold start all areas of new england. temperatures in the 20s and 30s. definitely bundle up this morning. this afternoon, no problems. just like yesterday. mid to upper 40s. ch
relatively little fanfare. voters in california approved a ballot measure to reform the state's notorious three strikes law. one of the strict he's sentencing policies in the nation. under the law, if a defendant has two serious convictions, a third conviction for any felony automatically resulted in imprisonment 25 years to life. that meant that a crime like shoplifting could earn the offender a life sentence. under the revised law, a life sentence goes into effect if the third felony is a violent crime. california's decision is a long overdue movement on the practice of imposing the heaviest sentences for the lightest of crimes. unfortunately, there's been much less progress when it comes to u.s. drug policy and reform around mandatory minimum sentencing. the 1986 anti-drug abuse act was passed after the death of university of maryland player len bias from a drug overdose. it started by tip o'neil of making a demonstration of being tough on crime. it was intended to prosecute high-level drug dealers. what it actually did was to ensnare low level offenders for small quantities of drugs b
california. you'll have the worst weather today and for much of the week. wednesday, the busy travel day, it continues to be the same weather pattern. everywhere east of the rockies, mostly sunny if not completely sunny skies. mild temperatures. troublesome weather on wednesday. busy travel day. maybe seattle airport into portland. for thanksgiving day, a few showers into the middle of the country. for all the parades and everything else throughout the country, looks very nice. >> good news. thanks, bill. >>> as you know, it is thanksgiving week and it 'tis the season to travel. airports and highways will be packed with millions of people to get away. one of the busiest places will be o'hare airport in chicago. that's where we find nbc's jay gray who is live there this morning with a closer look. jay, has it started already? >> reporter: good morning, veronica. unfortunately, it has. officially underway the thanksgiving travel week. take a look, the lines already forming at the tsa counter in terminal 3. o'hare expected to be the busiest airport in america over this thanksgiving week. an
with the southeast. really no problems whatsoever on the west coast. california looks good. up towards seattle, that's where we also have a storm moving in with rain, veronica. overall, just a big temperature shift for a lot of people out there. we knew it was coming. we've been a little spoiled. >> except for sunny l.a. 81 degrees. >> they're always that way, though. >> can't beat that. >>> this comes from wthr in indianapolis where in nearby fishers, indiana, one man is causing quite a flap in his neighborhood over his 50-set pigeons. they're not just any birds. they are certified racing pigeons which this bosnian native houses in his garage. the problem, the birds exercise routine, a daily flyover when they -- you know, do their business, which several neighbors say is causing a health hazard. neighborhood meetings are set to discuss the fate of these fowl. >>> it's time now for an early look at some of the stories we'll follow throughout the day here on nbc. instead of shopping, many new yorkers will donate their time on black friday to helping out the victims of hurricane sandy. united way of n
connell and republicans in congress. >>> another senator, dianne feinstein of california, set an election-day record after receiving the most votes ever for a u.s. senator. nearly 7.3 million. >>> well, will rick santorum run again in 2016? he tells "the weekly standard" he's, quote, open to it. >>> former president jimmy carter now 88 years old is back in haiti to help rebuild 100 new homes after the devastating earthquake there. it is his second trip there in the past year. >>> and finally, "politico" reports jill kelley, the supporting character in the petraeus scandal, has been stripped of her title as an honorary consul for south korea. she was using the title for personal gain, and that means she won't be able to make calls like this anymore. >> i am an honorary consul-general, so i have inviolability. i don't know if you want to get diplomatic protection involved as well. >> and that's your morning dish of "scrambled politics." >>> now for a tuesday morning check on wall street. the dow closed at 12,967 after falling 42 points yesterday. the s&p lost 2, but the nasdaq gained 9. in overseas trading,
this closely. when i've spoken to people in texas, i've spoken to people in california, they're all focused on this story. seeing the president in the role of president does have an impact on some undecided voters, i think. i think that there was that leadership role which he managed to fulfill, and he fulfilled it well. >> it's just an awkward situation for the romney campaign. since sandy made landfall earlier this week, we mentioned fema. mitt romney has been facing questions about his plans for funding fema and disaster response. something he suggested turning back to the states during a debate last year. attempting to clarify the position, the romney campaign released a statement reading in part, quote, this. i believe that fema plays a key role in working with states and localities to prepare for and respond to natural disasters. as president, i will ensure fema has the funding it needs to fulfill its mission, while directing maximum resources to first responders who work tirelessly to help those in need because states and localities are in the best position to get aid to the individu
the 2000 election when he said -- promised reporters, swore to us that he was going to win california, taking 320 votes in the electoral college. >> the same karl rove? >> the karl rove math. >> michelle, while romney has gone ugly and negative and he has a new ad out and uses the endorsement of colin powell. take a listen. >> will you endorse president obama? >> yes. when he took over we were in one of the worst recessions we had seen in recent times, close to a depression. and i saw, over the next several years, stabilization come back in the final community. housing is starting to pick up. the president saved the auto industry. >> so he's touting his record. he has a are republican colin powell touting his record. he's going positive in the -- in light of all of this ugliness. >> he is, although if you listen to the radio ads that are around in virginia, which is a big swing state, he also has some groups out there who are doing something akin to what the republicans are doing. not to quite the same degree but scaring people about health care and guy rights and stuff like that. but
.m. and then 1:00 a.m., we'll have california, hawaii, idaho, oregon, washington, and then the last poll closing in alaska. unless this is a very strange night, those races will be interesting for governors races and senate and house races and state issues, but not necessarily for the presidency. unless things go very, very differently than expected to go. this is how your election viewing is going to unfold hour by hour on tuesday night. if you just exclude the states for the presidential race where everybody pretty much knows exactly how it's going to go and just the states where there is some question as to what's going to happen, here is a clip and save thing for you about these states. the battlegrounds. all right? states that you know are going to be important and everybody thinks they're going to be close. these are the states everybody is going to be watching on tuesday night. each of these states, as you know, has a top elections official. and each of these states has a top elections official who is a partisan. who is either a democrat or a republican. and in a democracy, that should me
of california. there's a lot of news out there. we have a lot to cover. first, congressman larson, about this barn storming tour that is being suggested that the president might do. will this put pressure on lawmakers? would public pressure make a difference at this point? >> well, i think it's important that the president be out there and i think it would only enhance the opportunity for us coming to solutions. when the american public wants to see is a congress working toward solutions that will put them back to work. and ed, you have emphasized this over and over again on your show. job creation equals deficit reduction. so putting -- this is something that everyone can agree on in the congress. they wouldn't even take up the president's bill. let's take up the job creation bill. let's signal to the american public and the the entire world that this nation is going back to work and we know that lowering that unemployment rate will drop the deficit and produce a better society. and also with regard to taxes. we have a clear path forward here. everybody again agrees that the middle clas
at 206 electoral votes. meanwhile, we've got a new result to bring you from california as well. republican congresswoman mary bono mack has conceded defeat so democrat ruiz will take office. bono mack served 14 years in office and she connie mack also lost election this year. >>> the obama administration pushing back, a deadline for the state to submit plans for health care exchange. a piece of the affordable health care act. they will now have an extra three weeks. states have the option of stepping aside and allowing the federal government to run it for them. the resignation of the general petraeus who stepped down as cia director on friday. multiple government sources tell nbc news that e-mails between petraeus and broadwell were indicative of an extramarital affair. kristen welker is joining me. let's start with the fbi investigation into this biographer paula broadwell. what can you tell us about this at this point? >> the fbi has opened up an investigation to determine whether paula broadwell had access to general petraeus' e-mail. general petraeus is not under investigat
have drawn massive protests from california to washington, d.c. for years. and the republican party has made its position very clear and forced the borders and flat out killed the dream act. republicans spelled out their anti-immigration position on their platform. tough talk on immigration appeals to the base. listen to the way romney talked about immigrants during his campaign. >> almost half the jobs created in texas were created for illegal aliens. sanctuary cities. giving tuition breaks to the kids of illegal aliens. four years of college, $100,000 discount if you're an illegal alien. i'm running for office. i can't have illegals. >> imagine what those words sounded like to latinos. now republicans are scrambling to change their tone. all of a sudden, they are saying, we have to evolve on immigration. senators john mccain and lindsey graham want to work on reform. john boehner wants to find common ground. and even sean hannity is trying to shift to the middle. >> we have to get rid of the immigration issue all together. it's simple. you control the border first. you create a pathwa
to shop local. they created lady's night in burbank, california, to boost sales by staying open late. make sure to support your local retailers on november 24th for the small business saturday. for more, watch "your business" on msnbc. [ female announcer ] a classic meatloaf recipe from stouffer's starts with ground beef, unions, and peppers baked in a ketchup glaze with savory gravy and mashed russet potatoes. what makes stouffer's meatloaf best of all? that moment you enjoy it at home. stouffer's. let's fix dinner. >>> on top of the show this afternoon, president obama held the first in a series of meetings at the white house this week aimed at averting the fiscal cliff. gradual fiscal slope, while some think it's pleasant, new poll results show americans are worried. 68% say the $600 billion in automatic tax increases and spending cuts would have a major effect on the u.s. economy. 44% say it would have a major effect on their own financial situation. and there's little confidence both sides can work together and find a compromise. only 38% say the president and congress will reach an a
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in california. no secret service, no advisers, and no words on whether he used regular or premium. romney thought he'd be on the road to the white house by now. instead, he's just on the road. meanwhile, the president is heading home on air force one after meeting with world leaders. he didn't pump the gas for that plane. here's the point. elections have consequences. the american people rejected romney's right wing views. but a lot of republicans didn't get the message. bill o'reilly is still defending romney's claim that the president won because of gifts to minorities. >> again, that's the truth. it is a stone cold fact that lower income americans, largely, re-elected president obama. now, the left is going to scream when you say that because they don't want to acknowledge the economics of the vote. liberals want to see themselves as noble. they don't want to consider the fact that entitlements buy votes. >> hear that? over at fox romney's right arm. and there's a lot of other republicans who are also drawing the wrong lessons from romney's defeat. they say he lost because he was not c
to california's proposition 8. the high court's rule follows election day victories in four states for same-sex marriages. activists are trying to keep up that momentum. they're going ahead, looking at seven more states they believe they can legalize the issue in by 2014. their effort also include ace powerful new tv ad from the human rights campaign. it is narrated by a familiar voice. this is oscar-winning actor morgan freeman. >> america stands at the dawn of a new day. freedom, justice and human dignity have always guided our journey toward a more perfect union. now across our country, we are standing together for the right of gay and lesbian americans to marry the person they love. >> joining me now, the hrc's d.c. president, chad griffin. chad, good morning to you, first of all. >> good morning. >> you told "the new york times" this video isn't meant to be interpreted as some sort of victory lap for lgbt rights, through there has to be a sense of achievement given recent electoral victories. >> there is no question this is historic when it comes to marriage equality. we saw the first
and robert reich, former labor secretary and professor at the university of california berkeley. joy, are you feeling sorry for grover norquist yet? >> immensely. he's such a lonelily l man. the senate is gone. enough republican senators have signal they're going to play ball. this is about the house of representatives and really for john boehner, everything changes in a good way for him. if we go off the curb or the cliff on january 1st, he won't be dealing with that tea party caucus and that's the bee in his bonnet that doesn't want to make a deal and by the way, a lot of them are are out the door. so greg's reporting is interesting because it signals that the white house has a public posture in which they say no, we dare not go off the cliff but we're going to get those tax rates increased and the reporting i've done tonight is that there's going to be additional meetings. this was the private version of the public meetings they did last week. now, they've been doing them in private and these are white house economic staff. people who do the policy piece. briefing folks on what they plan t
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